Miami-Dade County has averaged 1,016 new daily COVID-19 cases over the past seven days, just one of several signs the virus is experiencing a resurgence in the region.
The South Florida tri-county area — which includes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties — has seen COVID-19 cases increasing for several straight weeks.
From Nov. 6-12, the number of new daily cases in Miami-Dade varied from 398 on Nov. 9 to 1,843 on Nov. 12. But the one-week average crossed four digits for the first time since mid-August, when the region was coming down off a serious spike which sent hospitalizations and deaths surging.
Case numbers can increase as testing increases. If officials test more people, they’ll ultimately uncover more cases.
But the rise in South Florida is not driven solely by new testing. The share of tests coming back positive is also increasing in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
The positivity rate increased from 6.4% from Oct. 30-Nov. 5 in Miami-Dade to 7.9% this past week. Broward saw a rise from 6.1% to 7.3% over the same span. In Palm Beach, that number rose from 6.7% to 7.7%.
Since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced South